Painter's work on show at cathedral

Artist John Badcock
Artist John Badcock

This week's profile is on Geraldine painter John Badcock, whose exhibition of 14 large paintings will be hung in Christchurch's new Cardboard Cathedral this month.

Favourite sports team?

Not into sport, but love watching my granddaughter Iluka learn to swim.

What charity would you give money to?

Starship Hospital, just part of the "The Big Egg Hunt" campaign which is about to kick off New Zealand-wide. Also Westpac Rescue Helicopters.

Are you a night owl or a lark?

I used to be a lark, but seem to paint on into the night. I'm sure the days have become shorter.

Are you a dog or a cat person?

Neither, definitely not into dogs, have been bitten too many times.

Most annoying celebrity and why?

David Cunliffe, what else do I need to say.

What are your thoughts on reality TV?

Hunger games have this one sorted.

What is your occupation?

I prefer the word painter as everyone seems to be an artist these days.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing this?


Best advice you ever got?

Change is the only constant.

Favourite other country?

Paris, aren't these great cities there own countries now.

Do you have any hobbies?


What is your favourite South Canterbury restaurant?

Verde Cafe in Geraldine make the best chai in New Zealand, then I visit my daughter who has just opened her new studio/gallery next door.

What do you love about the region?

My family, the light, and Geraldine of course.

What was your first job?

Mowing lawns, washing my father's paint brushes, then a cabinet making apprenticeship.

What's the one single thing you'd really like to have an answer to?

The next painting.

What were you like at high school?

Useless, should never have gone.

If you could live in any time in history, when would it be?

I like the now, maybe a bit younger but I if I could go forward then I could look back and see what I have done has made any sense.

What thing, besides family photos and pets and people, would you save if your house were on fire?

Not into materialism so most things you can replace, but not the painted portraits, but then where would I start, I have a hundred in one box.

Favourite quotation?

"What I'm not hoping to do is to paint another picture, because there are enough pictures in the world. I'm hoping to make a new thing for the world that remains in the mind like a new species of living things."

- Frank Auerbach


South Canterbury